Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago


Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago, and bees seem to need a lot more “babysitting.” Beekeeping expert and author Jim Tew made that point at the beginning of his second presentation to the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (Read our article published just after his presentation.) BelowContinue reading “Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago”

The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd


If you want to dig into a beekeeping subject with some depth and with people from around the globe, try BeeSource.com. It’s an online bulletin board where thousands of people go to contribute, discuss, learn and even argue (though always civilly). After writing about buckwheat on this site (HERE and HERE), I posted something aboutContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd”

Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting


Jim Tew told Blount County beekeepers that the environment for bees is a complicated one, and not every plant a bee visits is good for it — and some plants can be downright dangerous. “So much of this (the environment for bees) is so complicated, that it’s a wonder that bees can do anything at all,”Continue reading “Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting”

Year-around (almost) blooms for the bees


Providing our bees with abundant, natural nutrition is by far the most important task of the beekeeper — far more important than hive inspections, equipment, medications, or any of the other things we spend a lot of time with. What if we could provide that natural nutrition all year long — or 10 months outContinue reading “Year-around (almost) blooms for the bees”

Key question for beehive location: Any good restaurants around here?


Most people believe — and some research has shown — that the best place for a hive is in full sun, not in the shade. Hives can survive in the shade, of course, but full sun has been associated with a lower Varroa mite population. So if you have a choice, choose full sun. More importantly, hives should be close to a lot of sources of nectar and pollen, so the bees can have plenty to eat.

End-of-year flight of the honeybees


Our friend Fred Sloop of Buzzy Bee Apiary in Oak Ridge this news flash and pictures yesterday: Well, this New Years Eve day was incredibly warm () and sunny. Tens of thousands of our bees (see photo) were filling the air, engaging in both cleansing flights and bringing in many very small pellets of paleContinue reading “End-of-year flight of the honeybees”